A revered voice of Tennessee football has died.
As relayed in a release from Tennessee, Bill Anderson, who was part of the broadcast team on the Vol Radio Network from 1968-98 and a co-captain of the Volunteers’ 1957 team, died early Tuesday in Knoxville. He was 80.
Anderson arrived to Tennessee from Bradenton, Fla. He played wingback for the Vols from 1955-57. A third-round pick by the Washington Redskins in the 1958 NFL Draft, he was part of the Redskins’ roster from 1958-63. He also played for the Green Bay Packers from 1965-66.
Anderson became a member of the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
“It is indeed a sad day for the University of Tennessee and the Vol Network with the passing of Bill Anderson,” UTAD director of broadcasting Bob Kesling said in the release. “For three decades, Bill and John Ward painted the picture on the radio for many of the greatest moments in Tennessee football history. Bill’s great knowledge and understanding of the game and his passion for Tennessee football added so much to each broadcast.
“While in college at Tennessee, I got the great opportunity to work on the Vol Network. For 15 seasons I spotted for John Ward during the broadcasts. Sitting in the booth each Saturday I got to hear Bill talk about his playing days at Tennessee with Johnny Majors and Buddy Cruze. He told stories of his days in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, trying to block former Tennessee great and NFL Hall of Famer Doug Atkins and playing in the first Super Bowl game with the Green Bay Packers for coach Vince Lombardi.
“Bill enjoyed life, loved his family and took great pride in the fact he got to wear the orange shirt at Tennessee. It is a tremendous loss.”